Academic journal article Air Power History

Air War D-Day: Assaults from the Sky, Volume 2

Academic journal article Air Power History

Air War D-Day: Assaults from the Sky, Volume 2

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Air War D-Day: Assaults From the Sky, Volume 2. By Martin W. Bowman. South Yorkshire UK: Pen & Sword Aviation, 2013. Photographs. Index. Pp. 256. $34.95 ISBN: 978-178159116-1

This is the second volume of a planned five-part series dealing with D-Day. I cannot highly recommend it to the reader. It is a seeming jumble of personal accounts of the airborne landings that contains very little historical commentary by the author to put the individual tales into perspective.

Chapter One, titled "Planes Overhead Will be Ours," deals with air efforts to suppress German defenses at the invasion beaches and interdiction of communications from their rear lines to the beaches. All the accounts are from U.S. airmen: from pilots and navigators through bombardiers and aerial gunners.

The second chapter, "Never a Sign of the Luftwaffe," deals with D-Day and Allied air supremacy over the invasion beaches during the night before the landings and the day of the invasion. The commentators are service personnel from the Allied forces, with an occasional newsman's stories included.

Chapter Three, "Devils in Baggy Pants," deals with American paratroopers from the 82d and 101st Airborne Divisions and their associated Glider Troops. …

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